How many kids do you have?

How many children do you have?


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MLCOPE2

Puritan Board Junior
It seems that it has been awhile since this question was posed so I thought it fitting to address it. We have in our church several families with 5 or more (1 family with 8, one going on 8, 1 with 7, 3 with 6, and... well you can see where this is going). In fact one would think that if you don't have more than three there is some unconfessed sin going on. :lol:

We ourselves have 6 kids with another due in October. We are not planning on more but we are also not going to try not to have any more.

What about you all? How many kids do you have and are you planning on more?
 

SolaScriptura

Puritanboard Snowflake
Our 5th is due in about 3 weeks... and that's all the children we want. Each of our kids is a blessing, but we're done being blessed with children.
 

Jack K

Puritan Board Professor
Two, and we're content and very grateful with that. Probably would've liked more if we'd started earlier in life, but we got married fairly late.
 

N. Eshelman

Puritan Board Senior
We've got four and we find it to be our personal duty to populate southern California. :lol:

People around here count our kids: 1,2,3,4...

Person: "Are they all yours?"

Me: "Yes they are."

Person: "Do you think that's responsible?"

Me: "You make me want to have 8 more."
 

KMK

Administrator
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We have 4 or 5 or 6 depending on how you count. 4 biological and 2 fosters that aren't quite adopted yet. We are not totally content yet.
 

Herald

Administrator
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We had a plans for a large family, but the Lord decided differently. For a time I grieved over not being able to have more children, but I finally came to realize that God's perfect will is not determined by numbers. I am thankful that my daughter is born again and has a deep abiding love for Christ.
 
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christiana

Puritan Board Senior
Here's the way it went:

son in 1953
twin daughters 1954 (no middle name as I was too stunned at having unexpected twins)
son 1959
son 1961
son 1964

A thankfully special group, though I did lose the first one at age31.
God is faithful!
 
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AThornquist

Puritan Board Doctor
I realize that this is a Reformed board so everyone is expected to have children at some point ;) , but where is the "0" option?
 

Sven

Puritan Board Sophomore
I voted three. Yes I am counting the one in the womb.

Nate's story is funny, and I bet most people with more than two kids have heard the same thing. When people ask about how many kids we want we always say twelve. The usual response is a gasp and a surprised look. Once or twice we've heard a "Good fer you!"
 

earl40

Puritan Board Professor
Have 3 sons,14,17 and 20. I wish we could have had 20 but my wife could not....and I don't think she would have liked 20.
 

DMcFadden

Puritanboard Commissioner
5
Arol Everett - 33
Joshua David - 31
Sarah Jeanette - 28
Nathan Paul - 25
Joy Anna - 18

[As for grandkids . . . 4 + 3 in the oven
Micah Shaw - 9
Carson Clarke - 6
Dylan Antrim - 3
Rylan Everett - 2
Charis Kay Jeanette - any day now
Thomas Arol - July 26???
Baby McFadden - Nov 8???]
 
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MLCOPE2

Puritan Board Junior
I voted three. Yes I am counting the one in the womb.

Nate's story is funny, and I bet most people with more than two kids have heard the same thing. When people ask about how many kids we want we always say twelve. The usual response is a gasp and a surprised look. Once or twice we've heard a "Good fer you!"
The one I can't stand is "You know what causes that don't you?" I always respond "Yes, God" It usually stops the conversation though.
 

Marrow Man

Drunk with Powder
1, but I am also disappointed that 0 was not an option. Not everyone has been able to start a family, and not everyone has been blessed with children. We did not think we would ever have children, but then Grace came along. But we don't want the poll to wind up looking like a Penninah, either. :2cents:
 

PuritanCovenanter

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How many prominent theologians had kids that didn't surpass them. A lot. There was only one at Samuel Ruthord's death bed. John Owen lost all his if I remember correctly. My mom had two of us live. One died shortly after birth. I am second born.

There is a pain of having Children that no one knows. Birthdays shouldn't be about a child's birth as much as a celebration of a great mother. Birthdays should be about mothers and fathers and not children. Just my humble opinion.
 

he beholds

Puritan Board Doctor
We have been blessed with three children since we were married six years ago tomorrow!


We are young and hope to have more children if the Lord wills it, and we really hope to adopt.

I mostly get comments like, "Wow, you are brave," which doesn't bother me because I think it is courageous to have three small children. I thank God for the courage that he has given us.

My poor husband, though, is an English teacher so he works with mostly women who snidely ask him things like, "When's the next one?"
Or who give him grief for leaving me home to "deal" with the kids. I wish he were passive aggressive so he could respond, oh-so-innocently, "I always thought women liked babies..."
He would never do that, though.

We also have an English Lab named Honey, she's five-and-a-half.
 
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MLCOPE2

Puritan Board Junior
1, but I am also disappointed that 0 was not an option. Not everyone has been able to start a family, and not everyone has been blessed with children. We did not think we would ever have children, but then Grace came along. But we don't want the poll to wind up looking like a Penninah, either. :2cents:
It is for that very reason that I created the second poll asking how many children people wish to have.

This served more as a question that a baptist might serve a fellow baptist: "How old were you when you were baptized by full immersion?" Obviously the paedo has no response just like this poll does not necessarily pertain to those without children.
 

py3ak

They're stalling and plotting against me
Staff member
Michael, "including" the childless by asking how many they would like to have doesn't demonstrate much sensitivity to the pain that women like Sarai or Hannah felt. Of course it's easy to forget people who are in a different situation than you are, but that forgetfulness is one reason why childless couples, or in fact singles, sometimes feel like Reformed churches are full of Penninah clones; while it's certainly better to be thoughtless than malicious, please be aware that some people experience real, constant, ongoing deep distress over their childlessness, and because of that may need some extra consideration.
 

kvanlaan

Puritan Board Doctor
1 for now and, Lord willing, if I marry again, many many many more.
Amen. I pray the Lord will bring that day to you quickly, Friend.

We have ten, number eleven will be here in about a month, and then we will see what the Lord brings. For those who have none, I pray that the Lord will bless you, even as He blessed Abraham and Sarah. For those who see it as something that is up to you, I likewise pray that the Lord will continue to bless you with children (even though it may be 'folly' on His part, as it was declared). Let the Lord decide. He opens and closes the womb and He knows when you have enough. If the womb has not been opened, but the Spirit has put children on your heart, look at adoption. There are millions of children in horrid conditions around the world and a childless couple can often provide a home like none other (and we were once that couple!) Let the Lord put the brakes on children in any capacity (natural born or adopted) but don't presume to take that upon yourself.
 

MLCOPE2

Puritan Board Junior
Michael, "including" the childless by asking how many they would like to have doesn't demonstrate much sensitivity to the pain that women like Sarai or Hannah felt. Of course it's easy to forget people who are in a different situation than you are, but that forgetfulness is one reason why childless couples, or in fact singles, sometimes feel like Reformed churches are full of Penninah clones; while it's certainly better to be thoughtless than malicious, please be aware that some people experience real, constant, ongoing deep distress over their childlessness, and because of that may need some extra consideration.
It appears that a simple thread about children has taken itself in a different direction. I intend no harm towards the childless that are struggling, in fact I often pray that others in that situation could be blessed with the gift of many children as my own have been such a blessing towards me. However I would hope that those who are without children would still be able to rejoice with those of us who rejoice over the blessings of God in children. I'm not sure by adding a 0 to the poll anything more is going to be accomplished other than reminding the childless that they are just that. If the blessings of God through children can't be evident to all then in order to "demonstrate much sensitivity to the pain that women like Sarai or Hannah felt" we should avoid any post that has to do with the joy of children. :2cents:
 
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